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PTO Parent Education Program - Starting Your College Search - Shared screen with speaker view
iPhone
01:05:52
ACT or SAT?
Mala Sharma
01:07:06
What is the difference between the two tests? Is it the type of questions or format??
Neeta’s iPhone
01:07:56
is there a calendar format of upcoming and likely actions as parents of junior and senior year?
Gretchen Hiley
01:08:23
the ACT has a faster pace than the SAT. The SAT tends to have more complex content. The ACT has a science section (mostly graph reading) while the SAT does nto
Michelle.Hiskey@gmail.com
01:09:07
The scoring of the tests are different as well. ACT is a two-digit score. SAT is four digits.
Michael Trivette
01:09:37
Mala — check this out. We’ll likely write an updated piece on this topic very soon. https://www.collegetransitions.com/blog/comparing-the-act-and-new-sat-which-should-i-choose/
Joyner
01:10:18
DHHS offers the free ACT and free SAT practice tests through Applerouth (sp?) on campus. We are not this year due to Covid, but will again next year and moving forward.
Jennifer Hart
01:10:41
Also, we were told that if math is not your strong suit, the ACT may be better suited. My child did both but better on the ACT. :-)
Michael Trivette
01:11:02
Here’s the link to the free practice test weekend through Applerouth, April 24-25: https://www.applerouth.com/testdrive/
Jennifer Hart
01:14:26
There are also free practice tests for SAT on Khan Academy and one for ACT on the official ACT website
Susan Stephenson
01:14:39
What is a Riger?
Odette Schuler (she/ella/m'am)
01:15:06
courses with rigor. AP? IB? Unclear
Susan Stephenson
01:15:06
rigor - sorry
Janna Seskin
01:15:15
When should we complete the FASFA?
Michael Trivette
01:15:27
Definitely, Jennifer. Here are the links for those who are interested: https://www.khanacademy.org/sat
Michael Trivette
01:15:42
https://www.act.org/content/act/en/products-and-services/the-act/test-preparation/free-act-test-prep.html
Gretchen Hiley
01:15:54
you'll need to complete the FAFSA by the deadline (i think October of senior year)
narayanan.rajan
01:16:04
Credits received for academic rigor courses must be selected from the categories below:Advanced math, such as advanced algebra and trigonometry, math III, taken at the high school, or an equivalent or higher course taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution;Advanced science, such as chemistry, physics, biology II, taken at the high school, or an equivalent or higher course taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution;Foreign language courses taken at the high school, or taken for degree level credit at an Eligible Postsecondary Institution; orAdvanced Placement, International Baccalaureate or Dual Credit Enrollment courses in Core subjects.
Michael Trivette
01:16:15
Jenna — the FAFSA becomes available October 1 of a student’s senior year.
Joyner
01:16:30
Brandi - Are AP and IB GPA bumps calculated in Hope and Zell?
Gretchen Hiley
01:16:50
even if you don't qualify for financial aid, most colleges will require you complete the FAFSA before they will consider eligibility for any other scholarships
Gretchen Hiley
01:18:05
and you have to complete the FAFSA for hope and zell as well
Kim Goldsmith
01:24:36
Thank you, Ms. Beavers!
Michael Trivette
01:24:54
On the topic of scholarships, this may be a helpful read as well — https://www.collegetransitions.com/blog/truth-behind-private-scholarships/
Jumar Kennedy
01:25:29
Can Brandi send the presentation to the Group and her contact information?
Sonia Gilbert
01:25:38
Thanks Ms. Beavers!
Odette Schuler (she/ella/m'am)
01:26:24
MIchelle prepared this great resource list for us and we turned it into a flyer. Will share here, post on our website, www.dhhspto.org, and send out to everyone who rsvp'ed for this event:
Odette Schuler (she/ella/m'am)
01:26:26
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1YwDJAnuWGBT9aIFqOOhBlXDgocg_HXNl/view?usp=sharing
Brandi Beavers DCSD Postsecondary Transition Specialist
01:31:47
The FAFSA is available for our Senior students from October 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021
John McQuiston
01:32:14
One thing we were told in our search was that the college wants to hear about the student, not about their grandmother, or another person in their life. They may look up to those people, but keep it focused on what they bring to the world.
Brandi Beavers DCSD Postsecondary Transition Specialist
01:32:15
You must complete the 21-22 FAFSA with your/parent's 2019 Taxes
Carolyn Finnerty
01:32:53
I thought it would be the 2020 taxes for the 21-22 FAFSA
Michael Trivette
01:33:12
Bingo, John. Great point.
Valarie Basheda
01:33:14
Seconding what John said. It needs to help them understand your student's personality and what's important to them.
Brandi Beavers DCSD Postsecondary Transition Specialist
01:33:33
For our current seniors, 2019 Taxes for the 21-22 FAFSA.
Michael Trivette
01:34:12
Carolyn — it’s actually referred to as “prior prior year” which means 2019 tax return data for the 2021-22 academic year (FAFSA). You can always update your FAFSA with 2020 data if financial circumstances have changed.
Kelly Lee
01:34:18
Makes sense there is a tax year lag for those on extension, etc.
Carolyn Finnerty
01:34:34
Thanks.
Gretchen Hiley
01:34:42
Ditto on John's message. We saw a great presentation by a college admissions director with the advice that the essay is tell the reader (the one making a decision which pile to put your application in) about the applicant. He also mentioned they can easily tell if the essay is written by a 40 year old woman! :)
Michael Trivette
01:36:01
Haha great insight, Gretchen! I love reading writing by 40-year-old women, but not when I’m expecting a college essay from a teenager. It’s a huge red flag anytime you see it.
Gretchen Hiley
01:36:40
It's also important to be you rather than writing an essay to make yourself sound perfect. Stories about making mistakes and learning from them show more than a time when you were the hero of the story.
Jumar Kennedy
01:42:25
Do the University System of Georgia Colleges use the Common App for their application process? If not, What platform do the use?
Jumar Kennedy
01:42:40
*they
Michael Trivette
01:43:07
Jumar — Several USG institutions are on the Common App, include UGA, Georgia Tech, Georgia College…
Melissa
01:45:54
When do they publish the Common App essay prompts?
Michelle.Hiskey@gmail.com
01:46:37
They are published now https://www.commonapp.org/apply/essay-prompts
Michael Trivette
01:46:49
Melissa — They’re already posted: https://www.collegetransitions.com/blog/2021-2022-common-app-essay-prompts/
Neeta’s iPhone
01:48:14
is there a undergraduate to possible career mapping? so that student can make the right choice going in rather than in retrospect
Melissa
01:48:47
Thanks, Michael. I have a Junior. Would those be the prompts for applying this fall?
Brandi Beavers DCSD Postsecondary Transition Specialist
01:49:47
Naviance has a career mapping Task. Please contact me if you'd like a one-on-one Naviance demo.
Michelle.Hiskey@gmail.com
01:50:03
Generally the essay prompts don’t change a whole lot each year. The prompts were the same for several years and were just updated, and those are shared here
Melissa
01:50:34
Thank you!
Michael Trivette
01:50:55
Honors programs — https://www.collegetransitions.com/dataverse/top-honors-programs
Jennifer Hart
01:51:16
Neeta, there are also career exploration options on GA Futures.
Susan Stephenson
01:52:47
Any advice for college visits during covid? I know they have “virtual visits”. Has anyone done many of these or self tours?
EH
01:54:43
Hi, I join this call late, and looks like it is recording, will we get a link to the recording when it's over? Thanks a bunch!
Odette Schuler (she/ella/m'am)
01:55:56
Yes, we are recording the program and will post it on the PTO website. www.dhhspto.org
Melissa
01:56:00
Susan - We have tours set up at two schools over spring break.
John McQuiston
01:57:16
Absolutely agree with Gillian!
John McQuiston
01:57:40
Going on the tour, either guided or not, gives you a feel for the campus.
Susan Stephenson
01:57:56
Thank you.
Sonia Gilbert
01:59:16
Thank you everyone for sharing such great information.
John McQuiston
01:59:55
So NAU has rolling admission, so you hear back as you apply, not on a certain date. You need to keep in mind that if you decide to go and agree to the acceptance, they are going to hold you to that.
Michael Trivette
02:00:08
https://www.collegetransitions.com/dataverse/
Mrs. Holloman
02:00:13
Thanks everyone so much for enlightening us with so much to look forward too.
Brandi Beavers DCSD Postsecondary Transition Specialist
02:02:46
We have a "Find My Fit" Tool within Naviance.
Sonia Gilbert
02:03:02
I definitely agree with cost - Ms. Hiskey
iPhone
02:03:26
How do colleges deal with extracurricular activities in the era of COVID-19 pandemic and restrictions?
Mala Sharma
02:05:21
Brandi- Can you give us more info on Scholarship Club?
John McQuiston
02:05:44
Many colleges are doing widespread testing on students to try to keep things under control. I imagine that many colleges will require a vaccine to attend in the fall.
John McQuiston
02:06:11
That was referring to Covid.
Jumar Kennedy
02:07:11
How can you join the Scholarship Club?
Gretchen Hiley
02:08:17
Brandi, who do you contact at the college to "show" them what you would get if you stayed in state and got zell?
Brandi Beavers DCSD Postsecondary Transition Specialist
02:08:27
Jumar. Are you a junior?
Peter Baltrus
02:08:54
Colleges that aim to provide loan free 100% aid: https://blog.prepscholar.com/colleges-that-offer-complete-financial-aid
Harmony Thomas
02:08:56
How can my son join the scholarship club?
Brandi Beavers DCSD Postsecondary Transition Specialist
02:09:04
You would speak to your assigned FA officer ASAP once you are accepted into your college of choice
narayanan.rajan
02:09:15
Good luck everybody...take a deep breath whenever things get a little intense.
Joyner
02:09:21
Thank you, thank you, thank you to Valerie and the PTO for tonight's fantastic meeting. Always my favorite PTO meeting of the year. So much valuable information with such great panelist. Great personal / real experiences from our students and parents. Students and parents - please reach out to these panelist experts for guidance. Brandi Beavers is an amazing resource for DHHS families - email her and schedule time to get a deeper understanding of next steps.
Melissa
02:09:29
Thank you, everyone!!
Neeta’s iPhone
02:09:33
awesome session thx so much!
Susan Stephenson
02:09:48
Thank you so much to the PTO for getting these together!
C. Joy
02:09:49
Thank you all!
Donyelle Brooks
02:09:49
Thank you all!
Michelle.Hiskey@gmail.com
02:09:49
Go students! Go parents! You’ve got this Red Devils!
Jennifer Hart
02:09:53
Good Luck Everyone!
Jean Welsh
02:09:57
Thank you. This was very helpful!